Tribute to Senator Seth

December 3, 2014

Hon. Salma Ataullahjan: Honourable senators, I rise to bid farewell to my good friend and colleague, Senator Asha Seth. As a fellow senator of South Asian origin, I am proud to have Senator Seth here as an active representative of the Indo-Canadian…

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Ending Violence Against Girls in the Asia-Pacific

October 1, 2014

Hon. Salma Ataullahjan: Honourable senators, 700 million women alive today were married as children; 120 million girls are subject to sexual violence worldwide; and nearly 50 per cent of all adolescent girls think a husband is justified in hitting his partner. Honourable…

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2014 FIFA World Cup

June 18, 2014

Hon. Salma Ataullahjan: Honourable senators, when we break for the summer, all eyes will be on the World Cup in Brazil. While you’re watching the beautiful game, you may notice the colourful Brazuca soccer ball — the official ball of the 2014…

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Global Summit on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

May 29, 2014

Hon. Salma Ataullahjan: Honourable senators, yesterday marked the first day of the Government of Canada’s Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Summit in Toronto, entitled Saving Every Woman, Every Child: Within Arm’s Reach. The summit, hosted by Prime Minister Harper, will bring together…

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International Women’s Day: Rights of Afghan Women

March 6, 2014

Hon. Salma Ataullahjan: Honourable senators, this Saturday, March 8, we will celebrate International Women’s Day. The theme this year is “Equality for Women is Progress for All,” which emphasizes the vital role of women as agents of development. Equality for women is…

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Visit to the Site of the Dhaka, Bangladesh Building Collapse

October 28, 2013

Hon. Salma Ataullahjan: Honourable senators, we all heard of the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, this past April. It was heartbreaking to see the images of bodies being pulled from the rubble and hear of the over…

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Human Rights Violations Against Rohingya Muslims in Burma

June 5, 2013

Hon. Salma Ataullahjan: Honourable senators, today I wish to call your attention to the severe human rights violations in Burma. Burma, also known as Myanmar, has been leading a systematic and wide-ranging persecution of its religious minorities. While 90 per cent of…

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Tribute to the Late Honourable Doug Finley

May 21, 2013

Hon. Salma Ataullahjan: Honourable senators, although I know many here will be speaking about Senator Finley today, I wanted to pay my respects to him, too. I will never forget the day I met Doug. I had a meeting scheduled with the…

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Canada’s Leadership on Polio Eradication

May 8, 2013

Hon. Salma Ataullahjan: Honourable senators, polio is a disease that has disappeared from our collective consciousness, and with good reason. Since the introduction of a polio vaccine in 1955, Canada has been relatively free of the disease. Worldwide, cases of polio have…

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Refugee Rights Day

April 24, 2013

Hon. Salma Ataullahjan: Honourable senators, I rise today to recognize Refugee Rights Day, which took place on April 4 this year. It is an annual day to commemorate the Supreme Court’s signing of the 1985 Singh decision, one that is deeply tied…

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